Senior State Advocacy Manager, State & Community Health Advocacy Program (SCHAP)

09 Jul, 2022


Senior State Advocacy Manager, State & Community Health Advocacy Program (SCHAP)

Community Catalyst

Community Catalyst is a leading non-profit national health advocacy organization dedicated to advancing a movement for health equity and justice.

We partner with local, state and national advocates to leverage and build power so all people can influence decisions that affect their health. Health systems will not be accountable to people without a fully engaged and organized community voice. That’s why we work every day to ensure people’s interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and health care are made: in communities, state houses and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit  Follow us on Twitter @CommCatHealth.


The State & Community Health Advocacy Program (SCHAP) works in more than 40 states to build community leadership and a strong, organized community voice to shape health policy at the federal, state and local levels. Working with state and local partners, we develop effective state-based advocacy networks and leverage their influence for multi-state and national impact, working intentionally to build community power and advance a broader movement anchored in racial equity and health justice.

In the Senior State Advocacy Manager role, you will manage relationships with state and community-based advocacy organizations throughout the country, providing technical assistance to build organizations’ capacities. You will manage a portfolio of state and local partners who are running campaigns to improve affordability at the state level for enrollees in Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace coverage and private insurance plans more broadly. You will offer strategic coaching to partners to support them in organizing health insurance enrollees in driving policy change. You will support partners in centering community knowledge and grounding their campaign work in the voices of those who are most impacted by inequities in current policies and have been historically excluded from decisions around coverage and care.

You will create advocacy toolkits, facilitate learning webinars, and help craft the narrative of our work to advance equity within the ACA Marketplace and private insurance more broadly. You will be a solutions-oriented team player, a strong facilitator, and have the ability to take initiative within your scope of work. Ideally, your experiences will be grounded in community-oriented organizing and you will have a deep commitment to racial equity and anti-racism.

This a two-year position, funded by a two-year grant. However, we aim to secure additional resources with the goal of providing long-term sustainability to this role.

This position is included in a collective bargaining unit represented by a staff union, Community Catalyst United, and specific employment terms may be subject to a future Collective Bargaining Agreement.


The Senior State Advocacy Manager is supervised by the Associate Director of the State & Community Health Advocacy Program


  • Manage relationships with 5-7 state and local partner organizations across the country, including day-to-day interactions, grants and program requirements.
  • Assist state and local partners to implement advocacy campaigns with a special focus on organizing communities and creating accessible advocacy campaigns around health policy topics. This will require nimbleness and thinking ‘outside the box’ to weave together policy-heavy topics that may not easily lend themselves to advocacy campaigns.
  • Work with partners to ensure a racial equity and power-building lens throughout their campaign work.
  • Communicate with relevant project directors to provide timely project updates, coordinate technical assistance requests and assist with project management tasks as assigned.
  • Build the capacity of state-based and grassroots organizations to advocate for change through coaching and facilitating peer-to-peer learning. Areas of support include: issue campaign planning, coalition-building, grassroots organizing, strategic communications, policy strategy, financial sustainability and organizational development, all with a strong lens of racial justice and anti-racism.
  • Catalyze and help lead strategies to bring anti-racism and health equity to the forefront in our program work and in the organization’s overall work. At different times, this may include leading formal or informal Community Catalyst teams or committees, coaching staff, conducting public speaking, leading workshops and conference calls, providing technical assistance and developing tools about health equity.
  • Plan and facilitate learning calls and create advocacy toolkits for partner networks.
  • Actively participate as a member of internal Community Catalyst teams, including helping to plan our annual conference and serving on our technical assistance provider team.
  • Provide written contributions to grant proposals and funder reports, as needed.
  • Meaningfully support the State & Community Health Advocacy Program with new and existing program design, proposal development, planning, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Additional duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree plus 4 years relevant work experience or 6 years relevant work experience
  • Experience in advocacy including grassroots organizing or campaign planning, and partnering with diverse coalitions and stakeholders
  • Experience providing technical assistance, coaching, and/or training
  • Proven skills in relationship development and collaboration, including a demonstrated ability to appreciate and adapt to different cultural communications norms and styles
  • Proven ability to translate policy-heavy information and goals into organizing/campaign opportunities
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to convey complex information so it is easily understood by diverse audiences
  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to manage several projects at once, respond to tight timelines, pay attention to detail and operate effectively and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to health justice and equity, and racial justice
  • Previous experience in partnering with program leadership to lead an initiative within a program or project and identifying significant ways to improve project work, implementing those initiatives with approval of leadership


  • Experience managing or participating in health policy issues campaigns.
  • Knowledge of health care policy, especially the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces
  • Lived experience in the above-mentioned issue areas.


  • Salary range: $62,150 – $68,000
  • Generous paid time off policy
  • Robust benefits package
  • Location: Remote position, if not in Eastern Time, flexibility in supporting different time zones will be required

Applicants should submit a resume as a document with a one page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: Please put “Senior State Advocacy Manager, SCHAP” in the subject line.

Community Catalyst is strongly committed to building a work environment that recognizes, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of a broad spectrum of qualified employees. We strive to make employment decisions that support inclusion to maintain a work atmosphere that is diverse, equitable and promotes family-friendly practices and work-life benefits so that people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.

We do not discriminate in hiring based on age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, socio-economic status, family status, mental and physical disabilities, veteran status, gender identity characteristics and/or expression, sex, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other classification that is protected by federal, state, or local law.

Through all of our programs, Community Catalyst works to build a better future for all individuals by advancing health equity, focusing on people of color, immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status.   It is important for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

Job posted: 2022-07-09